I’ve officially been in China for over a year! Here’s what’s new in my life: Apartment I’m moved into my new apartment, and so far, I really like it! I’m about a 15-minute bike ride or 20-minute bus ride to work. I’m also not terribly far out of the center of the city, so I … More August 27: After the 1-year mark
In case you missed my last post, I’ve officially decided to leave China at the end of my teaching contract. I’ve received a lot of questions about what leaving means and why I had to decide so early. Due to the visa process and the replacement process, my company requires us to decide between our … More July 2: The Leaving Process
I’ve finally (and officially) made the decision of whether or not I will renew my teaching contract in China. … More June 12: The big decision.
Summer is finally here in Shanghai! … More June 4: Summer!
Welcome back! In the past week, my life in China has changed quite a bit! I went from living with 4 other roommates and 1 cat to living with 3 roommates and 2 cats. 4 Roommates Last week, one of my roommates semi-officially moved out of our apartment. She is moving into another apartment in … More March 27: A Rescue Mission
I’ve been in China for nearly 7 months now, so of course, I’ve gotten sick a few times by now. Today was the second time I’ve called off work for being sick and the second time I’ve gone to the hospital in China. While being sick in China is not that different than being sick … More March 16: Getting Sick in China
新年快樂! (Xīn nián kuài lè! Happy New Year!) HAPPY OFFICIAL NEW YEAR FROM SHANGHAI! Now that the Lunar New Year has passed, it is officially 2019 and the Year of the Pig in China (and also all around Asia)! Typically, for Chinese people, this time is all about going back to their hometowns, spending time … More February 7: Lunar New Year
Hello, all! Sorry, it’s been a while since my last update. These past few weeks have been a bit crazy though. Work has gotten really busy. We are in the midst of Winter Course right now. Basically, because of Chinese New Year, kids are off school, and my center teaches English classes all day long. … More January 30: Winter Course
(Before you begin reading, I have one small request: if you start reading this post, please read all the way to the end.) Living abroad is amazing and crazy and magical and everything you want it to be, but it’s also hard. I know that all of my blog posts have been so positive, but … More January 9: The Realities of Living Abroad
Merry Christmas from Shanghai!! My life has been crazy this month, which I will catch you all up on in the next week. But for now, here’s how I’m celebrating Christmas!!! I have about a thousand pictures to post, so scroll to the bottom for those! Note: they don’t celebrate Christmas in China, so many … More December 23: Christmas in Shanghai!